Evolutionary Biology Unit Research
The South Australian Museum’s Evolutionary Biology Unit (EBU) is the core partner in the South Australian Regional Facility for Molecular Evolution & Ecology housed on the University of Adelaide’s North Terrace campus.
The University of Adelaide and Flinders University are the two partners. The facility is open to all researchers in South Australia with a requirement to use molecular genetic techniques in molecular evolution and ecology research. It currently has around 70 scientists and students using the resource, thereby contributing to more than 140 ongoing research projects.
Our research uses molecular (DNA , RNA and protein) methods to explore fundamental questions in evolution and ecology. While much of our work centres on Australian fauna and flora, we also have a significant interest in the relationships between our fauna and that of neighbouring countries. The research group is led by Professor Stephen Donnellan and includes research scientists, technical staff and research students, many of which we directly or co-supervise.
With expertise in systematics, taxonomy, biogeography, population genetics, conservation biology and wildlife forensics our research interests are diverse and utilise most of the natural history collections of the museum. In addition, we maintain the Australian Biological Tissue Collection (ABTC), which is one of the largest collection of tissue samples in the world. More detailed information on our current research can be found on our staff pages and other collection pages.
Our group is the core partner in the South Australian Regional Facility for Molecular Evolution & Ecology housed on The University of Adelaide's North Terrace campus. This facility provides a central resource for South Australian researchers using molecular genetic techniques in evolutionary and ecological studies and currently has over 100 active clients. The facility features high throughput generation of molecular genetic data by through automated liquid handling robotics and efficient access to next generation sequencing and bioinformatics services. We also have a wide network of links to other Australian Universities, museums and international research groups.